21. hypertext, multimedia and the world-wide web

EXERCISE 21.5 [extra - not in book]

What are the benefits and limitations of the world wide web as a platform for the provision of groupware?

answer available for tutors only

Benefits: accessibility and availability, cross-platform, increasing familiarity, supports all necessary media.

Limitations: relatively low bandwidth, difficult to make assumptions about participants' resources, limited to standard-sized screens, difficult to support synchronous groupware

See chapter 21 links on the textbook web site, www.hcibook.com/e3/chaps/ch21/links/, for pointers to examples of WWW CSCW systems.

Other exercises in this chapter

ex.21.1 (ans), ex.21.2 (ans), ex.21.3 (ans), ex.21.4 (ans), ex.21.5 (tut), ex.21.6 (open), ex.21.7 (tut), ex.21.8 (open), ex.21.9 (open), ex.21.10 (open), ex.21.11 (tut), ex.21.12 (tut)

all exercises for this chapter